Search to start for top young farmer

Irish Examiner - Farming - - MACRA -

The Macra/FBD Young Farmer of the Year 2018, in as­so­ci­a­tion with the IFA, will launch on Mon­day.

The aim of the com­pe­ti­tion is to recog­nise and re­ward the top young farm­ers in the coun­try.

Young farm­ers in­volved in sec­tors such as beef, dairy, sheep and oth­ers (in­clud­ing hor­ti­cul­ture, pigs, poul­try, tillage) will com­pete to be named best in their field, with the win­ner of each sec­tor then com­pet­ing to be crowned the over­all cham­pion. En­trants are judged ac­cord­ing to cri­te­ria in­clud­ing farm busi­ness ini­tia­tive and in­no­va­tion, lev­els of farm ef­fi­ciency and en­ter­prise qual­ity, farm safety and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion aware­ness, as well as agri­cul­tural knowl­edge and com­mu­nity in­volve­ment. Young Farmer of the Year 2017 PJ O’Keefe will host a farm walk on the day of the launch at 2pm on his farm in Cal­lan, Co Kilkenny.

PJ, a mem­ber of Cal­lan Macra, was be­stowed with the hon­our at a gala ban­quet in Co Mayo last Novem­ber He took the pres­ti­gious ti­tle fol­low­ing an in­ter­view process and on-farm judges’ visit. Those wish­ing to at­tend the farm walk can reg­is­ter at macra.ie/macra-skill­net.

Donough­more Macra’s men’s bas­ket­ball team with Macra na­tional pres­i­dent James Healy.

PJ O’Ke­effe, Cal­lan, Kilkenny, 2017 Macra na Feirme/FBD Young Farmer of Year.

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